A popular dayhike or trail-run near Burlington, the 2.9-mile out-and-back to Stowe Pinnacle treks through hardwood forest to an overlook of neighboring Green Mountain peaks.
Wake up early, or head out near dusk, to beat the crowds on this popular dayhike just outside of Stowe. The trail warms up on a false-flat grade for the first half-mile or so before amping up to a steep staircase-like climb through a mixed hardwood forest. Catch your breath midway up the climb at an off-trail overlook (views of Mount Mansfield), before continuing a short distance to the Hogback Trail junction. The toughest part of the trail is now behind you as the approach the Pinnacle--you'll trek through a thinner forest up to a bald rock summit. Mount Mansfield looms to the northwest and Mount Hunger to the south; on clear days other Green Mountain peaks (like Camels Hump) are visible as well. See more photos and GPS-map details provided by BACKPACKER's Green Editor Berne Brody at backpacker.com/hikes/60507.